The Great Bridge
- The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge
- Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
- Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 05-08-04
- Language: English
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
In the years around 1870, the concept of building a great bridge to span the East River between the cities of Manhattan and Brooklyn required a vision and determination comparable to that which went into the building of the pyramids. Throughout the fourteen years of the bridge's construction, the odds against its successful completion seemed staggering. Bodies were crushed and broken, lives were lost, political empires fell, and surges of public emotion constantly threatened the project. But this is not merely the saga of an engineering miracle: it is a sweeping narrative of the heroes and rascals who had a hand in either constructing or obstructing this great enterprise.
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By Greg on 21-12-08
Very Poorly Abridged
I love David McCulluogh, and this book should be a real treat, but it's marred by a hack job of an abridging. The great Edward Herman narrates much of the book, but when it comes time to condense content, a completely different narrator, of a different sex suddenly appears! It's extremely jarring. What's worse, is the knowledge that somewhere, a version read completely by Edward Herman exists, and Audible doesn't see fit to offer it. I would gladly listen to that version, but I don't even have that option. Get with it Audible!
22 of 22 people found this review helpful
By Randall on 13-10-07
Not as Good as it could be
The abridged version isn't worth it. Very disappointing and obviously 'chunked out'. Not typical of a David McCullough work.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful